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Lopez still having fun at annual tourney

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After 28 years of holding her annual golf tournament benefiting hospice care in Albany, LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez says she's still having fun.

"The support of the community has just been awesome, and I see the same faces and now we see a few new ones," she says. "Of course, we want the younger generation where the older one is leaving off and I see a lot of that happening. It's really nice to come back and see more people and younger people."

Over 130 golfers took part in the 2014 Nancy Lopez Hospice Classic, helping to raise nearly $160,000 for the Willson Hospice House and Albany Community Hospice.

Lopez wasn't able to take tee shots with groups as she normally does due to an elbow that's been bothering her for some time.

She says she still hopes to play next week at the Legends Tour event in Phoenix.

Lopez says besides her work with hospice, she's hoping to help grow the game of golf among women and girls.

She's been doing clinic events with other LPGA pros, and says it's all about getting women on the course.

"We're really pushing junior golf and women to come out and play the game a little more. To not be intimidated by the golf course, or for women, men," she says. "[Women] get a little intimidated that they're not going to stay up or they're going to hold up the guys behind them. So it's just important for us to teach them the game. When I do events, I just want to make women comfortable."

Lopez says she's writing an autobiography that she hopes will be released around Father's Day.

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